Bad news for Real Madrid.
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Midfielder Toni Kroos has suffered a fractured metatarsal in his right foot and is expected to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Kroos, 26, suffered the injury in the La Liga win over Leganes on Sunday but it was only after he traveled with Germany to get it checked on that the severity of the injury became clear.
In a brief statement on their website, Real confirmed Kroos’ injury on Tuesday, with the influential midfielder expected to be missing for 6-8 weeks.
After tests carried out today in Germany on Toni Kroos, he has been diagnosed with a fracture-avulsion of the base of the fifth metatarsal in the right foot. The injury was picked up in the last league game against Leganes. His recovery will continue to be monitored.
Kroos will definitely be out of the Madrid derby against Atletico on Nov. 19 and he is highly unlikely to play against Barcelona on Dec. 3.
His absence will give Zinedine Zidane a further headache in midfield as Kroos had been deputizing for the injured Casemiro in the defensive midfield role. The Brazilian midfielder is suffering from a broken leg and has only just returned to light training.
The reigning European champs aren’t exactly short of options to replace Kroos with Mateo Kovacic or even Fabio Coentrao available to step into the holding midfield role.
Still, losing Kroos’ power and calming influence on the ball in central midfield is a big blow for Zidane as the reigning European champions prepare for a big few months in the push to make the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds and extend their current lead at the top of La Liga.